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The Plains of Castelluccio di Norcia

The Plains of Castelluccio di Norcia

The Plains of Castelluccio are a karstic and alluvial plateau of the Umbro-Marchigiano Apennines.

Located at about 1,350 m above sea level, there are three Plains that cover an area of 15 km²: the Pian Grande (province of Perugia), the Pian Piccolo (province of Perugia) and the Pian Perduto (province of Macerata, in the Marche Region).

They are marked by karst phenomena, with the formation of karst structures known by local residents as Mergani, which are deep sinkholes in the main plain and drain rainwater into groundwater aquifers, which also bring water to the rivers Sordo and Torbidone, of the plain of Santa Scolastica.

The Pian Grande, which extends for about 7 km with an average width of 3 km and an altitude ranging from 1300 to 1252 m, is the second-largest karstic plateau in Italy, after the Piana del Fucino, and is entirely surrounded by the ridges of the Sibillini Mountains.

What makes the Plains famous is the Flowering which, starting in May and continuing into June and July, colours the whole area with poppies, cornflowers, daisies and lentils (the lentil is one of the most appreciated gastronomic excellences in the area).

Castelluccio and its plateau are the perfect shelter for mountain lovers: in addition to air sports, from hang-gliding to paragliding, you can enjoy many outdoor activities, both for experts and beginners, such as trekking, Nordic walking, biking and horseback riding.

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